Thinking of opening a restaurant or food business? The International Culinary Center (ICC) in Manhattan has a course that can help you do just that.
Culinary Entrepreneurship (formerly Restaurant Management) is a 90-hour course featuring entrepreneurs and hospitality leaders who share their expertise, successes, setbacks and secrets. Their insights will help attendees to consider the possibilities and give them solid tools to achieve their goals, while also aiding them to see potential pitfalls that could cost money, time and frustration.
Students will learn from the pros.
The course will be held in two sessions, once from January 21 to May 29, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and again, January 24 to May 30, 2015 from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m.
Teachers include key players from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (which includes Union Square Café and Gramercy Tavern), International Culinary Center’s own distinguished faculty, including Dean of Wine Studies Scott Carney, respected professors from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, and experts in law, real estate, finance, architecture and marketing.
Everything is reality-based. The theory taught throughout this course will be underscored by real-life case studies. Students will learn to anticipate and conquer the wide range of restaurant and retailing challenges they are likely to face, beginning with their original business concept through opening day and beyond.
Topics will include: developing your business concept, whether it’s a traditional restaurant or retailer or an innovative mix of the two; legal issues: raising capital, personnel, real estate and more; choosing a location; key factors in design, facility maintenance, restaurant economics; menu creation and yield management; kitchen design and equipment; marketing your restaurant, and leadership skills in training staff.
Perhaps the most valuable part of the class will come not in it, but after. A dedicated online learning community will allow attendees full access to course materials as well as the ability to network and communicate with your classmates and your instructors in real-time outside of class.